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Duke Energy has approved the funding of seven riparian (streamside) habitat enhancement projects in the watersheds and tailwaters of its Nantahala area hydroelectric projects.

Grant funds total $109,057 and matching and in-kind funds for the projects total $406,873.62.

Duke Energy established the Riparian Habitat Enhancement Fund as a commitment in the Tuckasegee Cooperative Stakeholder Team and Nantahala Cooperative Stakeholder Team Settlement Agreements, which were made during relicensing the company’s Nantahala area hydroelectric projects.

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North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory announced the appointments to his Task Force on Safer Schools last week with Sheriff Robbie Holland being one of the few representatives from the western part of the state. Members range from students and teachers to elected officials, lawyers and law enforcement from across North Carolina.

“I consider it an honor for the governor to select me to represent law enforcement for the far west and the people I proudly serve,” said Holland. “My top priority has always been to protect our most vulnerable citizens and I will take the governor's appointment seriously and look forward to being a voice for my community striving to make positive improvements in keeping our kids safer.”

The task force will provide guidance to the Center for Safer Schools and consider future policy and legislative action that is needed to improve school safety in North Carolina.

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SB 3 provides for blood alcohol tests for drunk drivers.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) today announced its “2013 Legislative Champions” and recognized Representative Jonathan Jordan, Representative Darren Jackson, Representative John Faircloth, Senator Bill Rabon, Senator Jim Davis, and Senator Tom Apodaca for their leadership within the North Carolina Legislature to stop drunk driving.

“MADD thanks these lawmakers for their dedication and commitment to advancing MADD’s mission in North Carolina. MADD appreciates their tireless efforts to improving North Carolina’s DWI law and to working to save lives,” said MADD National President Jan Withers.

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An upcoming requirement for commercial drivers aimed at making the roads safer will go into effect Jan. 30, 2014. That’s when the state’s commercial drivers must meet a federal regulation to report to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles. Commercial drivers who don’t meet the deadline could risk losing their privilege to drive any vehicle in the state.

Since the regulation became effective in 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has provided two years for commercial drivers to certify whether they drive interstate or intrastate and for what purpose. If required, they must also provide their current DOT medical card to NCDMV by the 2014 deadline.

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published: 10/18/2013
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